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Written by Hank Tolman   
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 AMD FM2 Motherboard
Closer Look: F2A85X-UP4 Motherboard
Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 Proprietary Features
F2A85X-UP4 UEFI
Motherboard Testing Methodology
ADIA64 Benchmarks
PCMark 7 Benchmarks
USB Charging Results
F2A85X-UP4 Final Thoughts
Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 Conclusion

Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 Conclusion

The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 is an excellent motherboard. It has tons of features and is very well built using high quality components. It is easy to overclock and has a great UEFI. The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 would be a good choice for a budget minded gamer who is looking for something that will play the games now, but that can be upgraded with better GPUs in SLI or CrossFire later on for even better performance. Anything less than that and an A75 would be a good fit. Anything more and the 990FX or Z77 would be a better choice.

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The performance of the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 was great. The UEFI was easy to use and setting everything up was a breeze with the onboard features. My RAM was automatically detected and ran at 1866MHz. Believe it or not, that's a big deal and you'll probably want to check to make sure that you own RAM is running at the speeds its rated for. Most motherboards will run it at 1333MHz standard. The USB charging performance was excellent, since the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 pushes out 3 times the normal voltage on the USB ports.

The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 looks pretty good, not amazing though. It's all black with subdued heatsinks and subtle grays highlighting certain areas. It doesn't stand out all that much, but it does look professional and straightforward. If looks > stats is your thing, you may want to go elsewhere.

The construction quality on the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 is outstanding. Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 5 technology used on the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 won a Tom's Hardware award at Computex 2012. The components are built well, they will last a long time, and they will stand up to a lot of torture and overclocking. They are built to withstand high current flows and higher voltages. Even the PCB is built up to higher than standard specification.

Functionally, the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 offers everything you need in an A85X motherboard and a lot that you don't. It doesn't step up to the level of high-end motherboards, but the target market for an FM2 motherboard wouldn't be looking for that stuff anyway. With the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 you get plenty of USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a power switch and clear CMOS button on the motherboard, and the ability to run dual discrete graphics if you want to. Additionally, the added Easy Tune 6 software allows for easy and automatic overclocking and the On/Off charger lets you charge USB devices even when your computer is off.

The Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4 is priced at $129.99 on Newegg.com. That's a good price point, as it sits right in line with most other A85X motherboards with similar features. My problem with that price is that it is $50 to $60 more expensive than similarly featured A75 motherboards. Unless you plan on using dual discrete graphics on the Gigabyte F2A85X-UP4, then an A75 motherboard will offer you the same functionality. I'm just not sure how many people are in the market for an FM2 motherboard and Trinity APU that don't plan on using the excellent integrated graphics.

Pros:

+ Very high quality components
+ Plenty of USB 3.0 ports
+ Full spectrum of onboard video ports
+ Onboard power and clear CMOS buttons
+ Easy Tune 6 overclocking software
+ 3X Power to USB ports
+ On/Off Charging capability
+ VirtuMVP

Cons:

- Small MOSFET heatsink
- UEFI is a little difficult to navigate

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.75
  • Appearance: 8.00
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 8.00

Final Score: 8.65 out of 10.

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# Giga not with the times?Dave 2012-10-25 10:23
They still have ati crossfire branding on a newly released motherboard?? ATI branding has not been used in a long time.... hahaha
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